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Steele Raymond LLP

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Bournemouth BH2, Bournemouth BH6

Peter Rolph

Work 01202 294566
Steele Raymond LLP

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Dispute Resolution Solicitor, Bournemouth


Managing partner and a member of the management board, dealing with commercial litigation, construction and employment law.


Qualified 1981; partner Southampton practice 1984-93; assistant solicitor Steele Raymond 1993; partner 1994.


Archbishop Tenison’s Grammar School; Southampton University (1977 LLB Hons).


Showing and breeding dogs.

South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Dorset and South Wiltshire

Within: Leading individuals

Peter Rolph - Steele Raymond LLP

Within: Commercial litigation: Dorset and South Wiltshire

Steele Raymond LLP is highly regarded in the region for representing companies and individual directors and shareholders in complex commercial disputes. Though clients have noted that ‘the firm’s service is excellent irrespective of the individual who provides it’, department head Peter Rolph is singled out as having ‘vast experience across a range of disputes, which he can bring to bear in every case he handles’. Rolph acted for an individual in relation to the recovery of a multimillion-pound loan granted to a BVI company, and, in another matter, asisisted a technology company with various claims arising from the termination of a cross-border distribution agreement. Rolph also has expertise in construction disputes and professional negligence. John Andrews and Amy Cousineau Massey are additional contacts. Further, the department has seen multiple years of personnel growth, which was continued by the arrivals of senior associate Hannah Dare from Fladgate LLP and Lauren Hayes from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. Property litigator Simone Ritchie left the firm.

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South West: Public sector


Within: Education

Steele Raymond LLP provides advice on a broad range of education matters such as governance, charitable aspects, staff and student discipline, special needs and disability issues, and safeguarding. It also advises on education-related employment law matters such as service contracts, consultancy agreements, employment contracts and TUPE matters. John Andrews heads the practice, he is supported by Peter Rolph who is ‘unflappable and measured’ and provides ‘crystal clear wisdom and advice’. Tim Stone focuses on non-contentious education-related employment law and has ‘considerable patience and cordiality’.

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South West: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

By one client’s estimation Steele Raymond LLP is ‘generally head and shoulders above any other firm in Bournemouth’, and the property litigation team is ‘a pleasure to work with, indeed’. The group is now led by senior associate Hannah Dare, ‘an absolutely first-rate property litigator’, who joined the firm from Fladgate LLP. Dare advises a national retailer on ongoing contentious property issues, and is assisting a commercial landlord with negotiations regarding a substantial dilapidations claim. Additionally, the team was involved in a collective enfranchisement project, and has been engaged by a development company to advise on a right of way concern. Peter Rolph heads the wider disputes resolution department. Simone Ritchie left the firm to become a sole practitioner/property litigation consultant.

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